Student Program

Be Part of Something Unique!

The Digital Tech Academy is our new program open only to outstanding digital talents from all FAU degree programs and faculties! We impart all you need to follow your heart and passion for digitization, entrepreneurship and innovation. Work in interdisciplinary teams, get in touch with expert coaches and mentors, and develop your own pristine and validated business model.

What are the benefits of the Student Program?

Within one year, you will learn the newest state-of-the-art innovation methods and work in interdisciplinary teams on your entrepreneurial challenge. Choose either your own start-up idea or one of the highly enticing projects from your participants colleagues.
You´ll work with 24 other handpicked talents from FAU as well as our international expert coaches and mentors – a unique chance to widen your professional network globally. That´s also why we´ll have a sports track with yoga and strength training provided by professional athletes – there is no place you can´t learn something for your start-up!

All these skills and networks we provide will distinguish you significantly from other founders and entrepreneurs in your later work-life. And at the end of that one year, you´ll have developed your own pristine and validated business model empowering you to enter your chosen market.

Upon successfull completion of the program, each participant will also receive an official certificate by FAU at the end of the program. Besides, some participants will get a highly exclusive grant to visit one of the top universities worldwide to work on the international perspective of his or her project.

What are the projects and objectives?

As mentioned, you can work either on your own start-up idea, or on a project from our company partners – like the digitization of senses, or new smart materials.

After the 12 month program you will have:
+ an iterated Prototype
+ a validated Business Model
+ a validated Market Potential
+ a validated Financial Plan

What happens during this one year?

You will successfully complete many workshops which are organized as Block-Seminars on Fridays / Saturdays to make it easier for you to participate along your regular curriculum.
You get guided through the end-to-end Business design  process by learning each step of it by the following program:

+ Kick off with project partners, team formation & challenge assignment
+ Program Part I Research
+ Find
+ Trend Analysis -> Recognise trends
+ Discover -> Become an expert
+ Design -> Create your business model
+ Formulate
+ Validate -> Challenge the future scenario
+ Review -> Reflect the executed experiments
+ Decide -> Close first business plan iteration
-> Mid Term Presentation: Show your results to the world

+ Program Part II Develop
+ Foster
+ Discover -> Analyze your chosen market
+ Design -> Develop & iterate different prototypes
+ Validate -> Validate your prototypes through direct market research
+ Finalize
+ Review -> Adapt your prototypes to market feedback
+ Decide -> Decide upon your final product design
-> Final Demo Day: Present your product and pivot or proceed

In addition to the program we provide several digitization enabler too.
+ Workshops, Hackathons, Events: Learn how to bring hardware/product together with software and what value add is created for the customers.
+ Toolbox Conference: We will provide you a fully packed conference day with leading edge technologies which you can use immediately for any digitization project.

-> Get in touch with us in person on the following meetups…

How do I register?

Apply now for Batch 5 starting in October 2019:

Get started with digitization, entrepreneurship and innovation now

As Germany´s most innovative university, FAU offers its students a huge variety of classes regarding the topics digitzation, innovation and Entrepreneurship. You can find an aggregated overview here:

Explore more than 100 lectures of the FAU concerning these hot topics…

Batch 3 Dates & Events 2nd Iteration

Monday, 1. July / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test I MVC Conference Room II, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Monday, 8. July / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test II ZOLLHOF, Kohlenhofstraße 60, 90443 Nürnberg
Friday, 12. July / 9:00 – 17:00 Final Demo Day d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Thursday, 18. July / 8:30 – 17:00 Business Design Toolbox Conference d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen

Batch 4 Dates & Events 1st Iteration

Friday, 21. June / 9:00 – 17:00 Validate II WS (optional) d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Thursday, 27. June / 15:30 – 17:00 Yoga FAU Sports Facilities, Gebbertstraße 123B, 91058 Erlangen
Friday, 5. July / 9:00 – 17:00 Review WS FAU Innovation Lab, Carl-Thiersch-Straße 3, 91052 Erlangen
Monday, 8. July / 17:00 – 20:00 Pitching WS ZOLLHOF, Kohlenhofstraße 60, 90443 Nürnberg
Monday, 15. July / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test I MVC Conference Room II, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Thursday, 18. July / 8:30 – 17:00 Business Design Toolbox Conference d.hip, Henkestraße 127, 91052 Erlangen
Friday, 19. July / 9:00 – 17:00 IoT WS FAU Innovation Lab, Carl-Thiersch-Straße 3, 91052 Erlangen
Monday, 22. July / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test II MVC Conference Room II, Henkestraße 91, 91052 Erlangen
Friday, 26. July / 9:00 – 17:00 Decide WS and Demo Day ZOLLHOF, Kohlenhofstraße 60, 90443 Nürnberg

Batch 4 Dates & Events 2nd Iteration

Friday, 18. October / 9:00 – 17:00 Kick-off 2nd iteration tbd
Friday, 8. November – Sunday 10. November Design WS Winter School, tbd
Monday, 18. November / 16:00 – 18:00 Sports tbd
Friday, 22. November / 9:00 – 17:00 Validate WS tbd
Friday, 6. December / 9:00 – 17:00 Review WS tbd
Monday, 13. January 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test I tbd
Monday, 20. January 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test II tbd
Monday, 24. January 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Decide WS and Final Demo Day tbd

Batch 5 Dates & Events 1st Iteration

Monday, 29. April – Sunday, 7. July Open for your Application Stud-On
Monday, 8. July – Sunday, 21. July Request for Essay E-Mail exchange
Monday, 22. July – Sunday, 28. July Screening & Evaluation Digital Tech Academy
Monday, 29. July – Sunday, 11. August Interviews Phone, Skype, FaceTime
Monday, 12. August – Sunday, 15. September Participant Confirmations and Organization Digital Tech Academy
Friday, 25. October – Sunday, 27. October Kick-off and Discover WS tbd
tbd / 18:15 – 19:45 Interview Techniques tbd
Monday, 4. November / 17:00 – 20:00 Competitor Analysis tbd
Friday, 15. November – Sunday, 17. November Design WS Winter School, tbd
Friday, 29. November / 9:00 – 17:00 Validate I WS tbd
Friday, 13. December / 9:00 – 17:00 Validate II WS (optional) tbd
Monday, 16. December / 15:30 – 17:00 Yoga tbd
Friday, 17. January 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Review WS tbd
Monday, 20. January 2020 / 17:00 – 20:00 Pitching WS tbd
Monday, 27. January 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test I tbd
Friday, 31. January 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 IoT WS tbd
Monday, 3. February 2020 / 13:00 – 17:00 Presentation Test II tbd
Friday, 7. February 2020 / 9:00 – 17:00 Decide WS and Demo Day tbd

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